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marrakech museums


Besides wandering through the quiet backstreets, the lively
squares and the bustling souks of Marrakech, there’s no better way to indulge
in Moroccan architecture, art, history and discovery than to visit one of the
city’s fascinating museums. Some of these museums also focus on certain areas
of the country, giving a further insight into just how diverse this interesting
country can be. If you’re staying at one of our riads in Morocco and are
looking to soak up the culture, try diving into one of these museums – you’ll
be amazed.

Dar Si Said Museum

If you’re seeking real Moroccan treasures, the Dar Si Said
Museum is the place to head to. Inside, you’ll find a dazzling collection of
artworks and artefacts, ranging from Berber jewellery to carpets painstakingly
woven by hand. Some of these items are still used in remote regions of the
country, and also include copperware, clothing, furniture and building
materials, while antique decorative arts showcase the illustrious artistic
history of Morocco.

Bert Flint Museum


This museum houses a variety of items and artefacts
collected on the travels of Dutch archaeologist Bert Flint, which he donated to
Morocco following his studies. Focusing on the culture of the Souss Valley and the
Sahara Desert, the charming museum is
home to an interesting collection of musical instruments, traditional costumes,
furniture and textiles.

Majorelle Museum and Gardens



This distinctive building has helped mark chapters in both Moroccan
and French art history. Named after French artist Jacques Majorelle, who once
lived and worked in the intensely blue house and studio, the museum is also
surrounded by botanical gardens that once acted as the retreat for fashion
designer Yves Saint-Laurent. Inside the museum,
you will find a collection of North African Islamic art, as well as paintings
and ceramics created by Morelle himself.

Marrakech Museum



Also nicknamed ‘the Jewel of Marrakech’, the Marrakech
Museum stands out due to its beautiful Andalusian architecture, though once you
enter, you’ll discover the interior is lavishly decorated in a traditional
Moroccan style. Among the exhibits,
you’ll find traditional and modern Moroccan art, Jewish artifacts, historic Arab books and Berber carpets.


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